SPLENDORS OF SICILY

Enjoy a full immersion Tour to Sicily: the sunny island of Italy! Explore the island from East to West, experience the local culture, admire the layers of history left behind by the Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs, etc. in a VIP Luxury Small Group Tour (6 to 14 participants).

This VIP Luxury Small Group Tour will allow you to discover in a more intimate way Sicily through its archaeological sites, Mediterranean cities, Baroque towns, seaside villages, open air food markets and the wealth of the local food & wines. Our VIP Luxury Small Group Tours are restricted to a minimum of six and a maximum of fourteen participants. The use of vans or minibuses instead of larger tour vehicles reduces the impact on local traffic, avoids parking problems, and diminishes any irritation on local daily life. In a large group it would be impossible to stay in a charming family owned boutique hotels, move in cities and villages with ease, deviate from the main roads, browse the shops of local artisans and wander with your local guides who will become your travel companions. Those represent the best conditions for exploring and discovering “your” Sicily.

“The Splendors of Sicily” is an extra-ordinary journey through the marvels of Sicily. One itinerary divided into 4 legs that brings first timers and previous travelers to discover Sicily in depth with guided visits led by local experts in the main locations and off the beaten track experiences.

10 Days / 9 Nigths
Departure
May 10 2018
From
€ 3295

Inclusions

  • 9 Nights accommodation in exclusive and fascinating 4 stars Hotels, with full buffet breakfasts: 3 Nights in Taormina, 3 Nights in Siracusa-Ortigia, 1 Night in Menfi and 2 Nights in Palermo.
  • Lunch in a typical Local Restaurant with wines pairings near Etna Volcano, Lunch in a typical Agriturismo between Caltagirone and Piazza Armerina and Lunch in the centre of Trapani.
  •  Welcome Dinner in Taormina, delicious Dinner in a lovely restaurant in Ortigia and Dinner with wine pairings in Menfi.
  • Private sightseeing Tours with expert local English speaking guides in Taormina (Greek-Roman Theatre) – Siracusa (Archaeological Park) – Ortigia – Noto – Piazza Armerina (Villa del Casale) – Agrigento (Valley of the Temples) – Erice – Palermo (Hidden Palermo and city highlights, Palatine Chapel) – Monreale (Cathedral), including all skip the line entrance fees to the sites.
  • Full Day excursion on the Etna Volcano.
  • Etna winery visit and tastings, Winery visit and tastings in Marsala.
  • Exclusive Italian Cooking Class and food market Tour with an expert chef in Ortigia (Siracusa old town) and Lunch with your own prepared meal.
  • All private transfers with deluxe van with English speaking driver (including airport transfers).
  • A professional English speaking tour escort for the entire Tour to ensure your experience is smooth and without worries.
  • Our professional assistance for the whole duration of the Tour.
  • Tour begins in Catania and ends in Palermo.
  • Please note that price is based on 6 to 14 paying participants. In case of less than 6 participants, price may increase because of minimum fixed costs that need to be covered.
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Days 1-3 Taormina
Welcome Dinner in a Sicilian typical restaurant. Private Tour of Taormina: visit the Greek-Roman Theatre - one of the most striking monuments of antiquity, the Villa Comunale - the public gardens with a huge variety of flowering plants and shrubs- and then the centre of the village.
Full Day on the Etna Volcano. Visit a boutique winery and Lunch with local food paired with their wines.
Days 4-6 Siracusa-Ortigia
Private guided Tour of the Archaeological Park with its beautiful Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Paradise Quarry. Private walking Tour of Ortigia, the ancient part of Siracusa beautifully located on the sea. Dinner in a lovely restaurant.
Food market shopping in Ortigia and enjoy a fun cooking experience: learn how to prepare some Sicilian delicacies and Lunch with you own prepared meal. A guide will take you to explore Noto, outstanding example of Baroque art and architecture in Europe.
Full Day Excursion to Caltagirone and Piazza Armerina. Read the history of Sicily through the ceramic collections in the renowned laboratories of Caltagirone. Buying a hand-made and painted piece by these artists is taking home a part of Sicily. Delicious Lunch in a typical Agriturismo. Visit the Roman Villa of Casale in Piazza Armerina with its mosaics recognized as Unesco Human Heritage site.
Day 7 Menfi
Stop in Agrigento to visit “Valle Dei Templi”, one of the main attractions of Sicily, outstanding example of Greater Greece art and architecture. Delicious Dinner with wine pairings at your country house resort in a unique relaxing and true Sicilian atmosphere.
Days 8-10 Palermo
Stop in Marsala to visit one of the oldest wine cellars and taste typical and unique wines of the area. Travel between Trapani and Marsala on the Salt Way Road to visit the historic salt pan works. Lunch in a typical local restaurant, in the centre of Trapani.
Guided Tour of Erice, which was an important religious site associated with the goddess Venus.
Private guided visit of the Classic Palermo Highlights: Palatine Chapel, Piazza Pretoria and Via Maqueda with its four corners converging Palermo at a quartet of Baroque palaces left over from the heyday of Spanish rule (dating 1560) and the picturesque famous open air food market. Taste the delicious typical Sicilian finger food: arancini, pane con panelle, etc. Private visit of Monreale: admire the Duomo, a wonderful example of Arab-Norman art with its golden mosaics.
Tour ends in Palermo.

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